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Sports Spotlight - Windermere Observer: Chrissy Fleming

Windermere High School junior Chrissy Fleming was part of the Windermere Wildfire team that placed seventh in the nation recently.
by: Steven Ryzewski Senior Sports Editor

Chrissy Fleming is a junior at Windermere High and an important member of the Windermere Wildfire 16U — Paulsen travel softball team that placed seventh in the nation recently. A utility player, Fleming can do it all and has committed to play her college softball at Furman University.


What was your favorite part of the trip to Seattle?

The mountain (Mount Rainier) was our favorite part. We climbed up, we weren’t going to go too far, and we found this tiny patch of snow. All of us, being from Florida, we all freaked out and rolled in the snow, (dived) in it and made snowballs. It was so much fun.


What was it like being a part of the first softball team at Windermere High?

It was scary at first, because everything was all about the legacy — you didn’t want to start off bad with a bad reputation. There was a lot of pressure. But also, all the girls and being the first to do everything made it so much fun.


Who has been the player you look up to the most?

Definitely my sister (Amanda Fleming). I would practice with her, and then she just taught me how to fall in love with (softball). It helps you when you have someone with you to keep pushing you.


Did you commit to Furman to play alongside your sister?

To be honest, I didn’t commit there because of her — if she didn’t go there, I would still go there. It’s a bonus having her there. We talked about it and she said, “Don’t make me the reason.” I would go up there to visit and I would just fall in love with it.


The Wildfire team includes girls who play for rival high-school programs. Is it fun to team up with them?

They’re my best friends. It’s hard to get together, (because) all of us live so far apart. But whenever we do we just click instantly.


What’s your favorite subject in school?

Math — I’m a math nerd. Every question needs an answer. I hate in other subjects — like language arts and history — where everybody has a different answer. I need a set answer. It’s either right or it’s wrong.


What do you think you would like to study in college?

So, at Windermere we have pre-majors, and I took biomedical, medical stuff. It was interesting but this year I’m taking AP calculus and AP physics — they’re more math. Medical stuff is cool, but now that I’m figuring it out, I kind of want to lean toward engineering. Definitely something in the math field.


What’s your favorite family meal?

Our family dinners are kind of rare, (because) we’re all so busy. But we always try to come together at home, and we’ll have venison, mashed potatoes and peas. That’s kind of like our family meal. It’s so good.

Steven Ryzewski is the Senior Sports Editor for, as well as all three of Observer Media Group's print publications in Orange County. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida....

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